Fort Fisher AF Recreation Area Completes Major Upgrade Project
Known as one of the military’s “best kept secrets” for R&R, the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area at Kure Beach, N.C., provides a great vacation destination for military families. Located on Pleasure Island, between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Fisher recently completed upgrades to the recreation area’s lodging accommodations, providing yet another reason for military guests to visit each year.
The $11.4 million nonappropriated fund (NAF) project, which was completed in October, included the construction of 36 new rental cottages, replacing 18 units that were old base housing built in 1958.
“It really is a well-deserved project that was needed and vitally important for our guests and the military,” noted Recreation Facility Manager Katie Powell, who has been working at the recreation area for more than 20 years, five of those as manager. “The response has been great. We were at 100 percent occupancy over this past Thanksgiving holiday, and 90 percent occupied over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, so we see more usage and occupancy rates already. We hope to increase our shoulder season, and we do want to increase the level of satisfaction from our guests, and these new facilities help us tremendously in achieving that goal.” ...
The Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) and Business Operations team at USAG Yongsan, Korea, recently gave the base community club a new look and feel, re-launching the formerly named R & R Bar and Grill as the Main Post Club. The overall goal of the reboot is to provide soldiers with what FMWR hopes becomes more of a community club, rather than just a restaurant, as it had come to be perceived over the past few years.
According to USAG Yongsan FMWR Director Jeff Wertz, when he first arrived in Seoul, Korea, in July of 2015, he toured through many of the post’s FMWR facilities, activities and services, but turned to staff for help in finding the community club.
“They had no idea,” said Wertz. “I was told that there was an R & R Bar and Grill not far from the hotel and located next to the MWR bowling center. Based on their response, I assumed it was a restaurant operated by AAFES [Army and Air Force Exchange Service].”
He continued, “The name R & R Bar and Grill, to me, suggests a single purpose, a restaurant. An Army community club is so much more. I knew within my first few hours of arriving here that a top item on my list would be to change back the name of the facility.” ...Read more USAG YONGSAN BRINGS BACK THAT 'COMMUNITY FEEL' ...